It is always a new challenge to hold a presentation. But it gets even more challenging if further problems occur. In this blogpost we would like to discuss 5 common presentation problems and recommend ideas for dealing with them.
1. Technical problems
Technical issues are by far the most common presentation problem every speaker has to deal with. Problems with the projector, malfunctioning notebooks, a bad WiFi and many more technical issues can negatively influence the success of your presentation. Make sure that you try everything to avoid technical problems beforehand. Test the equipment, understand the presentation tools you are planning to use and make a test run at the specific location if possible. The easier to use your technical equipment is, the less likely will it be that the technology makes any problems during your speech. No matter what happens, you do not need to worry about technical issues too much. Try to avoid them, but keep calm if something goes wrong. Everybody in your audience knows that these issues are not your fault and will understand little delays.
2. No audience engagement
The worst thing that can happen during your presentation is that people start leaving the room. There are various reasons why this could happen and not all of them have to do with your presentation. Even if your presentation is super interesting, there could be a famous top speaker in another room at the event and everybody wants to hear him. Try to figure out why people leave your presentation and adapt if necessary.
3. Silence during Q&A session
It can be very embarrassing if nobody asks any questions after your presentation. You tried everything to motivate your audience to engage at the Q&A, but nobody raises his hand. This could either mean that your presentation was so good that no questions remain or that the people in your audience simply do not want to ask any questions for lack of interest. To make it easier for your audience to overcome the barrier of asking questions, digital tools simplify the Q&A process and certainly help to break the ice.
4. Getting no feedback
The feeling of relief after your presentation soon turns into many questions. Was my performance good enough? Did the audience like my presentation? Will anybody get in touch with me afterwards? To avoid this uncertainty, make sure to get feedback from your participants. You can either ask them directly during the presentation, or you could again use fancy presentation gadgets to get digital feedback on your slides.
5. Getting no contact details
Mostly, you will hold a presentation with the objective of selling anything. Either you directly promote a certain service, company, product or idea, or you simply want to sell yourself as a speaker and expert in a relevant industry. Generating leads is very important for everybody who presents and should be planned as an important part of your presentation. Try to use multiple ways for generating contact details. Start by asking people to directly hand in their contact details to you after your presentation. You should also mention your contact details during the presentation in case that somebody wants to get in touch with you afterwards. In best case, your presentation tool should support you in the lead generation process.
6. Distributing slides
Sharing slides can be very easy or very difficult. In some situations, the event organizer will distribute your slides for you. In other cases, you will have to think about the slide sharing process yourself. Printed handouts are less and less desired by participants and should therefore be replaced by digital handouts. Make sure to choose a tool which perfectly fits your needs and helps you to share your ideas.
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